Sunday, June 22, 2014

Orange Chicken

I absolutely LOVE orange chicken. I always remember going to the mall in middle school and high school in Eugene, OR and getting both orange chicken and bourbon chicken. Yum!! The one thing I never really cared too much for though was the amount of batter on the chicken. Here is a healthier version of this delicious meal from Skinny Taste. I altered it just a little bit, but check out her blog too, so many amazing recipes.

Garlic Chicken with Israeli Couscous & Butternut Squash

I know it's summer and our houses are heating up, but this dish does require some baking. The good news is, you can cook a big batch and have left overs for the week. I even think the left overs were delicious cold. My friend Holly would agree with me, but she also eats literally ALL left overs cold. That's right, not just pizza, she likes cold fried chicken, cold mac and cheese, cold Chinese food...she's a little odd, but that's why I love her. Today is Garlic Chick with Israeli Couscous and Butternut Squash.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Seared Scallop & Apple Salad

Wow, it sure has been awhile since my last post. I have had a VERY busy past two months though and it just keeps getting busier...which is great by me! I had my dad and step-mom come visit in April, followed by my mom, my friend Holly and my sister in May and a little weekend trip with Dan to Tucson. We all had a blast drinking by the pool and traveling around Arizona. 

It's starting to heat up here in the valley of death (also known as Phoenix) and it's only going to get worse. You know you've been living in Phoenix for too long when you say the sentence "It's only 100 degrees". Ha! Needless to say, I haven't been too gung-ho to do too much baking. Here is a perfect summer dish that only requires a few minutes of having the stove top on. Perfect for those hot summer days...which never end here. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Broccoli & Swiss Stuffed Chicken

It's been slowly heating up here in Phoenix...reached our first triple digits for the year a few weeks ago. Luckily right now we still have cool evenings to give us a break, pretty soon that will go away too. I'm not ready for another summer in the desert! Cooking anything becomes an enormous task during the summer. I need to start cooking one day and having left overs for the week to limit the oven and stove time. Here is a perfect leftover recipe today, Broccoli & Swiss Stuffed Chicken (as seen on Skinny Taste).

Friday, May 2, 2014

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me just start by saying that this is NOT at all a healthy recipe. Actually, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this recipe is...

...gotta love the Wilford Brimley cat. But seriously, this is by far the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever found. I wasn't even going to try to make this one healthier because it's just too damn good. These cookies are chewy and buttery and fluffy...mmm. I did end up only baking six the first night and freezing the rest of the dough into pre-formed balls. This was a great idea because we devoured those six that first night. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Orange Spice and Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Who doesn't love a moist, crumbly coffee cake? How about an orange spice coffee cake topped with an orange and ginger cream cheese? This couldn't possibly be good for you, right? Your average coffee cake is around 250-350 calories for one slice...this one though is 134 calories per slice. Did I mention that it is so delicious we even had it as a dessert? 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Chinese Lettuce Wraps

I just realized that I have posted 50 blog posts! How fitting is it that my 50th post was being featured on another website. I can't believe I've already done this many recipes. Thanks for following and hopefully tryig out some of these recipes for yourself.

I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I ate at PF Chang's, but I do remember LOVING their lettuce wraps. I also remember loving that you can get shot glass size desserts, just enough to satisfy that sweet craving. The desserts will have to wait for another post, but today I made some Chinese Lettuce Wraps.